US President George W Bush pledged to set up an international coalition, with Australia, India and Japan, to co-ordinate the relief effort.
The US earlier said it was more than doubling its pledge of funds to the region to $35m.
Does anyone else feel like the international aid coalition should be headed by something like, um, the UN or the Red Cross or something? I guess I’m just silly in thinking that international organisations ought to play the central role in situations like this, rather than individual national governments. It’s an international disaster after all. Just a thought.